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task #6772: Submission of GPSD, the GPS server daemon

Submitted by:  Eric S. Raymond <esr>
Submitted on:  Sat Oct 3 05:47:35 2009  
Status: In ProgressApproval Status: Wait Action
Should Start On: Sat Oct 3 00:00:00 2009Should be Finished on: Tue Oct 13 00:00:00 2009
Category: Project ApprovalPriority: 5 - Normal
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: Open

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Wed Oct 14 22:31:44 2009, comment #8:


Philippe, would you be so kind as to call me 06 64 03 29 07 ? I'm not sure I understand what is going on and I would appreciate if you can take some of your time to discuss it with me.

Thanks in advance

Loic Dachary <loic>
Site Administrator
Mon Oct 5 13:16:45 2009, comment #7:

The file 'cgps.c' (in your source) is ok, so you can take 'cgps.c' like exemple.

Philippe Roy <phroy>
Site Administrator
Mon Oct 5 05:45:02 2009, comment #6:

I just checked in at CodePlex. You have achieved the remarkable feat of making conformance to your notion of correct licensing more difficult and intrusive than Microsoft does.

Eric S. Raymond <esr>
Site Administrator
Mon Oct 5 05:36:48 2009, comment #5:

Since when have you started interfering in the content and licensing practices of the projects applying for your site?

We license under BSD and have been doing so for five years; we have no intention of including a GNU header or GNU copyright notices in our code, as that would create legal exposure for users of our library that we wish to avoid. We follow normal practice for non-GNU projects, in which the project license is specified once in a prominent README or LICENSE file and considered to adhere to the entire distribution.

I was the founding president of the Open Source Initiative and a co-author and for years principal maintainer of the Open Source Definition, and I must say I find being lectured as you have done extremely offensive. You are not a lawyer. Don't pretend to be a lawyer or tell people what is legally required, because you don't know.

I'll put it bluntly: you need to back off of this crap, not just with me but with everyone. Leave project leads to take the measures they think are legally prudent; it is their liability, not yours. You have no business requiring anything beyond an OSD-conformant license, and if you insist on meddling in what doesn't concern you I will spread the word that gna is now being run by legalistic assholes and anyone with sense should stay far, far away from it.

Eric S. Raymond <esr>
Site Administrator
Mon Oct 5 03:42:37 2009, comment #4:

All files needs complete licence header like 'cgps.c'

Philippe Roy <phroy>
Site Administrator
Mon Oct 5 03:41:14 2009, comment #3:

License headers required in source code:

Before releasing your project under the license you choose, you
must place copyright notices and permission to copy statements
at the beginning of every file of source code.

In addition, if you haven't already, please copy the plain text
version the license (usually this file is named "COPYING"). The
GPL is available from <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt>.

Additional instructions are available from
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html>, that are usually
valid for libre software licenses.

The GPL FAQ explains why these procedures must be followed. To
learn why a copy of the GPL must be included with every copy of
the code, for example, go to

Philippe Roy <phroy>
Site Administrator
Sat Oct 3 23:09:38 2009, comment #2:

Er, did you not read the part where we've been an open-source project shipping releaes for 5 years already?

Tarball attached.

(file #6880)

Eric S. Raymond <esr>
Site Administrator
Sat Oct 3 16:42:45 2009, comment #1:

Source code required:

Please include an (temporary) URL pointing to the source code,
or attach a tarball to this item.

We wish to review your source code, even if it is not
functional, to catch potential legal issues early.

For example, to release your program properly under the GPL you
must include a copyright notice and statement permitting copying
at the beginning of every file of source code. This is
explained in <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html>. Our
review would help catch potential omissions such as these.

Philippe Roy <phroy>
Site Administrator
Sat Oct 3 05:47:35 2009, original submission:

A new project has been registered at Gna!
This project account will remain inactive until a site admin approves or discards the registration.

Registration Administration

While this item will be useful to track the registration process, approving or discarding the registration must be done using the specific Group Administration page, accessible only to site administrators, effectively logged as site administrators (superuser):

Registration Details

  • Name: GPSD, the GPS server daemon
  • System Name: gpsd
  • Type: Programs
  • License: Modified BSD License


gpsd is an open-source server daemon that handles the messy details of interfacing with GPS sensors and AIS receivers, presenting clean geolocation info on a well-known Internet port. Many open-source geolocation applications rely on it as infrastructure.

Other Comments:

We had been hosted on berlios.de since 2005, but they seem to have gone belly-up.

Eric S. Raymond <esr>
Site Administrator


Attached Files
file #6880:  gpsd-2.40dev.tar.gz added by esr (857kB - application/x-gzip)


Depends on the following items: None found

Items that depend on this one: None found


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  • -unavailable- added by esr (Submitted the item)

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    Sat Oct 3 23:09:38 2009esrAttached File-=>Added gpsd-2.40dev.tar.gz, #6880
    Sat Oct 3 16:42:44 2009phroyApproval StatusNone=>Wait Action
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